UCCS Baseball gets first All-Americans node

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MARSHALL, Minn. Juniors Matt McDermott and Matthew Clarke have become the first players from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs baseball team to earn All-American honors. McDermott was named to the 2019 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Second Team on Friday, with Clarke being named All-American Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings and All-American Honorable Mention by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

The CCA All-America and All-Region baseball teams, which are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from schools playing Division II baseball, were first established in 2007. This is the fourth year in which the program is solely sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections, which were announced last Wednesday, were nominated for All-America honors.

The student-athletes that were considered for the NCBWA All-America Team were players who received First Team All-Region. Student-athletes are selected to NCBWA All-American Honorable Mention when the players are appear on more than one voting ballot.

McDermott had a career year in 2019 as he set career highs in batting average (.384), hits (68), doubles (18), home runs (9), RBI (42), assists (184), and fielding percentage (.968). His .384 average, 48 runs scored, and 184 assists led the team, as his batting average ranked 9th in conference and his 18 doubles is tied for the sixth most in the RMAC. McDermott's offensive production matched his defensive production for the 2019 season as he led the conference with 184 assists and fielded his way to RMAC Gold Glove honors. The Colorado native also tacked on All-RMAC First Team, D2CCA All-Region First Team, and ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team honors. McDermott reached base safely in 40 games and had 16 multi-hit games in 2019.

Sacramento, Calif. native continues to receive the 2019 awards as Clarke earned both NCBWA All-American Honorable Mention and ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team on Wednesday. Clarke, who led the team in hits and doubles, ranks tied for the sixth most hits in the conference with 76 and is tied for the third most doubles in the conference with 20. The junior transfer set a new program record for most doubles in a season, as he finished with the second highest batting average on the team of .378. Clarke produced 37 RBI and six home runs from the leadoff spot, as he reached base safely in 42 of the 49 games that he played in 2019. At second base, Clarke helped seal up the middle infield with McDermott by recording 114 assists and boasting a .966 fielding percentage.

Clarke, McDermott and the Mountain Lions finished 28-24 on the season and made it into the RMAC Tournament for the third consecutive season.